Malachi Christoper, Jacksonville College's most recent men's basketball signee, perhaps, has an ideal name, one with deep seeded biblical roots, that aligns with what the college is all about.
Another familiar name to Jaguar basketball fans, that of 2012 JC graduate Cory Carden, who now plays at Dallas Baptist University, had a major role in the Jags being able to land the 6-foot, 160-pound Braulio Alonso High School (Tampa) product, said JC head men's basketball coach Jody Bailey.
“Cory Carden's dad, Allen Carden, who is a high school basketball in the Tampa area called me one day and told me that we needed to recruit Malachi,” Bailey said. “And it was because of that connection that we were able to add him.”
Christopher's forte is putting the ball in the cup — he averaged 22 points a night last season for the Alonso Ravens — which helped earn him Second Team recognition on the Tampa Tribune's All-County team.
Christopher, who also accounted for 5.3 assists per game last season, ended his high school career with 1,592 points, which set a new school record.
Bailey said that he sees Christopher as being more than just a scoring machine, however.
“Malachi is just a talented all-around guard,” he said. “Probably more than anything he knows how to put the ball through the net, and when it's all said and done that's what basketball is all about.
“But he can play the number two guard spot as well and do different things, so I'm very excited about the versatility that he brings to the table.”
Bailey said that he is dusting off his “No Vacancy” sign as the Jag roster is just about filled up.
“We have one more player that we are finishing the paperwork on and after that we will have only one spot left,” he said.